Location: Boston, MA
Where We Stayed: Longwood Medical Center Area (near the Back Bay & Fenway neighborhoods)
Where We Ate: Pavement Coffeehouse | Mike’s Pastry | Green Dragon Tavern | James Hook & Co | Anna’s Taqueria | Caramelina’s (reservations needed through Yelp) | Omni Parker House
Sights We Saw: see below
Happy Friday, everyone! Thanks for coming back to read about our quick adventure in Boston! This is definitely a town where you can “see” all of the sights within an hour or two, but definitely need a whole weekend to fully “immerse” yourself in the culture and food!
Last we left off, Brandon had just chowed down on an authentic lobster roll alongside the harbor. It was at this cute little shack called “James Hook & Co” and has been voted among the best lobster rolls in the country! You can eat it there or take it alongside a stroll of the harbor nearby :)
11. Old State House - the Declaration of Independence was first read to the people of Boston from the balcony here! Side Note: YOU GUYS, THE FREAKING DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE WAS FIRST READ HERE. Take a minute to let that soak in! It was insane to be at this very spot, on a very busy intersection surrounded by the new buildings of Boston, where our great nation became a free country. ON THIS BALCONY! Mindblowingly cool, if you ask us!
12. Old City Hall - one of the original Latin schools where Benjamin Franklin (father of electricity amongst other things) went to school. When we got there, it was pretty cool for us to see some sort of reenactment made by the soldiers that we saw over at the Old State House.
13. New State House - we dropped by to take a quick walk through the New State House. There’s really not that much to see inside, but we loved this little flag room that they had! We would suggest skipping unless you needed a bathroom break ;) Head on over to Anna’s Taqueria a few blocks away for a quick taco snack - we each got one and honestly I regret just not eating dinner here instead because you guys the tacos were sooooooooooooooooooo good and the flavors were absolutely authentic!
14. Beacon Hill - voted one of the cutest neighborhoods in America by Thrillist. Honestly, we say skip it unless you plan on doing a photo shoot here. It is literally a cobble-stoned, residential neighborhood. Acorn Street is the most popular here, but there are a lot of tourists just taking pictures.
15. Boston Commons / Boston Public Garden - America’s oldest park and first botanical garden. It’s almost as if the whole city lives here! It was very lively and filled with squirrels (who are not afraid of humans at all).
16. Trinity Church - we walked past here on the way to stop #17. It had the first “pneumatic door check” which is a fancy way of saying that the doors don’t slam as you close them ($$ for a tour).
17. Boston Public Library - this public resource holds approximately 19 million volumes, making it the second-largest in the United States, only behind the Library of Congress. The reading room here is *famous* on Instagram/Pinterest for good reason. But we found it a little awkward trying to take a picture as people studied here!
18. Boston Marathon Finish Line - we ended the day here as it was right outside the Boston Public Library. Be careful if you want a picture because there is oncoming traffic on non-marathon days.
19. Dinner at Caramelina’s - we headed back to the hotel to freshen up & then took an Uber back to the North End. Make reservations ahead of time on Yelp (the only way they take reservations) and ask for a table by the front windows! I also told them we were celebrating a birthday on the reservation, and to our surprise they brought each of us a free glass of the house wine! How sweet! Brandon and I split the Caprese Risotto which was out of this world delicious! We highly recommend getting this as a risotto rather than a salad. I ordered the gorgonzola pasta; Brandon the seafood pasta. Both were absolutely excellent. What made us love this place even more was the staff. We noticed a gentleman dining alone at the bar behind us; he didn’t speak much English. With the words he knew, he tried to order a pasta and both the guy at the front and our waitress were so helpful in taking his general likes and suggesting a dish he would enjoy. This totally warmed our hearts and honestly, I think every time we come to Boston, we will make a stop here because of the kindness of the staff!
20. Boston Cream Pie at the Omni Parker Hotel - because Caramelina’s doesn’t serve dessert, we walked 15min towards Omni Parker Hotel to grab some of the famous Boston Cream Pie! The hotel is absolutely lavish (I wish we could stay there without draining our savings!!) and the “pie” was out of this world delicious. We were stuffed from dinner, but somehow we left craving more of this light, fluffy dessert! Head up to the bar area if you just want some of the pie, because the restaurant is for diners who are there for a full meal.
What a perfect, whirlwind tour of Boston! We both fell in love with the city and cannot wait to come back for a proper weekend here! Do you have any tips or insider knowledge on where to go in Boston?
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